Our ‘Rewind’ reports, for newer readers, are reports/studies where I go back and study a particular player’s entire past season…often watching/studying every play from every game from Week 1 on – and then filing a report on what I see/saw, and how that might affect his value in the future.
The ‘Rewind’ reports focus on players who either provide some level of confusion (who we thought would be better or thought they’d be a lot worse), and we want to see if their season was ‘real’. Often times, our ‘Rewind’ report exposes them as frauds. Occasionally, I find that my scouting belief was wrong…that I ‘saw wanted I wanted to see’ in-season.
We have to get these player’s scouting ‘right’. I cannot, you cannot, afford to hold onto a position on a player and be wrong. You think that’s an obvious but how often is the football community/analysts wrong on just about everything and they never apologize…or, worse, they never go try to figure out why they were wrong and report back what they missed.
I love to be ‘right’ ahead of everyone on player scouting. I built a business from nothing on my ability to do just that. However, it’s more important that I just be ‘right’. I don’t want to hold onto bad cards or invest into an Enron stock/false front player or miss out on a good player…I don’t want any of us to miss out, or we’re going to lose at fantasy and/or handicapping.
To start the process each year, I put together a list of players from each team I want to see…but then I turn it over to the audience to tell me which ones are the most important. You get to vote on it and I’ll (mostly) follow the audience response to set my ‘Rewind’ schedule by.
I will give my nominee per team, by NFL division each day. You vote. The winner from each division goes onto the Final 8 and then we vote that down to the Final 2 and then the winner – and the winning player is the first Rewind report that I do (last year Robert Woods won over then-Patriot Brandin Cooks – and our Woods report was money for 2018 FF season).
I will give my nominees and then you click the link to vote on your choice. I am using pollmaker.com, it’s free and is used by many companies for polls…and you do not need to sign up for an account, etc. Just vote and then you’ll see the current results. The polls will be open for a few days and I will reveal the winners and results after a few days that the poll was open.
I’m going to do 1-2 divisions a day as we whittle down to a winner for 2019.
First the nominees, and why…and then your chance to vote…
DAL = What’s up with the Blake Jarwin uprising late in 2018? I wrote a masterpiece in the preseason about how Jarwin could be ‘that guy’, and then I had to run from it because Jason Garrett thought ‘Geoff Swaim’. Then Swaim went down and the next thing you know Jarwin is scoring 3 TDs in a game (Week 17). Temporary blip or the start of a George Kittle-esque TE1 story in 2019?
PHI = Hiding among the Eagles weapons, fully hidden behind Zach Ertz was rookie TE Dallas Goedert. We’ve all put him in a FF-corner because he cannot get past Ertz. However, just so we can plan for the future…did Goedert show high-end TE1/next Gronk skills or was he just ‘a guy’?
WAS = The Redskins rolled with four QBs this season, which made it very difficult to assess a WR that started to catch my attention in 2018…Josh Doctson. What if the Redskins get a real QB in 2019, by some stroke of good fortune -- is Doctson ready to be that WR1 we all thought he might be a few years ago?
NYG = Saquon Barkley the runner…was he really that good? Five of his last 10 games in 2018, he was less than 3.50 yards per carry for the game. In 7 of his 16 games, he was under 3.50 yards per carry. Is Saquon Barkley really the 1.01 in a start up Dynasty? Not for me, but for the masses…? Should he be for me too (answer: no, I don’t take RBs in the 1st-round anymore).
The NFC East Vote: https://linkto.run/p/F4VMNOMJ
*We started with the AFC East yesterday, where it's still a close race but Zay Jones and Sony Michel are out-front. Voting on all open for a few days after publish.
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